Communities Against a Radioactive Environment
More than 300 anti-nuclear activists gathered outside the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab on August 6 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima - and to advocate for global nuclear disarmament.
Keynote speakers included famed whistleblower and nuclear weapons analyst, Daniel Ellsberg, and atomic-bomb survivor, Takashi Tanemori. Tri-Valley CAREs’ executive director Marylia Kelley described the Lab's ongoing nuclear weapons activities, while Chizu Hamada drew links between the nuclear bomb and nuclear power. Country Joe McDonald provided a rousing musical interlude.
The rally was followed by a march to the Livermore Lab main gate where Hamada led the crowd in a traditional Japanese Bon Dance that traversed four lanes across the gate. Peace advocates then staged a "die in" and had their bodies chalked on the roadway to symbolize the victims vaporized in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. More than 50 peaceful protesters, including Ellsberg, chose to risk arrest for blocking the roadway and were cited and released.
Links to photos, news articles, video and radio broadcasts can be found below. We will continue to add links as additional materials become available.
Click here to read the program from the event.
Click here to see some great pictures of the event.
Click here to read an article from the Contra Costa Times on the event.
Click here to read an article from Nuclear News on the event.
Click here to listen to a radio interview with our Exective Director live from the event.
Click here to listen to a radio broadcast of some of the event rally and some interesting interviews.
Click here to view some video of the event.
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Hundreds of non-violent protesters marched to the gates of Livermore lab on the 69th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, 30 of whom were arrested in an act of civil disobedience. This year's events included a rally, march and direct action on the morning of Wednesday, August 6th. This year's theme, "Failure To Disarm: Holding Our Government Accountable" pointed out ongoing nuclear weapon "modernization" programs happening at Livermore Lab and elsewhere in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Attendees stood in silence at the time of the bombing and heard inspiring talks on how we can make our government accountable.
Click here to read the program for the event.
Click here to download the Hiroshima Action flier...
Click here to read Scott Yundt's rally talk from August 6th.
Click here to read Rick Wayman's rally talk from August 6th.
Click here to read Jackie Cabasso's rally talk from August 6th.
Click here to read Chizu Hamada's rally talk from August 6th.
Click here to read Webb Mealy's remarks at the gate from August 6th.
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Click here to read a Contra Costa Times article about the event.